FOIA is a federal statute that allows persons to request federal agency records. Under the FOIA, a person has a right to obtain access to federal agency records except to the extent the records are protected from disclosure under specific FOIA exemptions or exclusions.
Our OIG has established a “multi-track” response system to facilitate the processing of FOIA requests based on their varying size and complexity. FOIA requests are placed in one of three tracks:
OIG looks forward to working together with FOIA requestors to continue responding effectively and efficiently to your FOIA requests.
FOIA Public Liaison:
OIG Office of Counsel
245 Murray Lane SW
Mail Stop - 0305
Washington, D.C. 20528-0305
FOIA Public Reading Room:
Before making a FOIA request, please visit the OIG FOIA Electronic Reading Room for frequently request record available for public inspection in both paper and electronic form.
Visit The Department Privacy Office FOIA Web page for more information regarding The Department FOIA policy and procedures.
Visit the Accessing Department of Homeland Security Records through the Freedom of Information Act Web page for more information on filing a FOIA Request.
Other helpful information regarding the FOIA process can be found at the U.S. Department of Justice's FOIA Reference Guide Web page.
To request information regarding the status of a complaint you filed with the DHS-OIG’s Office of Investigations, or other information pertaining to you, you are required to submit a certification of identity with your FOIA request. For your convenience a certification of identity form
is available for you to complete and provide with your FOIA request. Please note that if you are requesting records pertaining to a third party, that third party must complete the entire form, including the “authorization” section. Any questions about how to submit a proper FOIA request can be directed to the OIG FOIA Public Liaison.